Posted January 12th, 2010, 10:21 PM
I am sorry to dissappoint you but I do not agree with you view that cruise lines loose in every way if one person is travelling alone. The surcharges of 150 to 200% make sure that they do not loose. Also as a solo travel yo are more in the situation of taking organised tours from the ship, which couples do not necessarily do because they can arrange things by them selves. Besides, as a solo travel you can not become cabins on the lower end of the price and also you are not offered the best cabins. So you have the feeling of paying more for less.
If you look at the offers of cruiselines, you will see that there are all sorts of cabins available if you are prepared to book for 2 people. if you want to book for one, suddenly most of the categories dissappear and you receive the offer at increased prices for cabins which are not good located.
It is a pitty that this is the case. Solo travellers are usually well travelled people worthed to receive a better treatment and not to have the feeling of punishment because you decided to travel alone.
Not sure what lines you use, but if you're willing to pay the price, you can book whatever cabin you desire. I've had penthouses, Royal Suites, and family suites on many lines as a solo. I've not had to accept second class status on any cruise. As a matter of fact, I booked a Family View cabin as a solo, a cabin that most think you need four to book, on Celebrity with absolutely no problem. I've booked suites on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess and other lines as a solo, again with no problem.
Again, in disagreement with you, but I don't take the cruise ship's tours and go off on my own. But you must agree that with regards to spending on the ship, two persons spend more than one, unless of course the solo person is lush and sits in the bars all day and night LOL.